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San Francisco launches vaccine notification system

San Francisco residents can now register to be notified when it is their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The city introduced a new notification system late Tuesday morning to sign up and receive an email or text if you live or work in San Francisco.

For more information on the new system and vaccine availability, visit a press conference that will be streamed live on YouTube.

Keep in mind that it can take weeks or months to qualify.

More information can be found here.

. @ SF_DPH contacts and vaccinates people aged 65 and over in the SF Health network, like Barbara Topps, who just received their first dose in one of our community clinics.

Sign up from Tuesday to be notified when you are eligible to be vaccinated: https://t.co/KPyvOePvrY pic.twitter.com/f3M2iWf6nm

– London Breed (@LondonBreed) January 16, 2021

Insured persons should contact their health care provider for information about vaccine availability.

Sutter Health has set up a vaccine resource page with online bookings and a phone number to make appointments. Sutter Health said it currently vaccinates health care workers and those aged 75 and over.

Kaiser released an online form to conduct an electronic visit for health care workers looking for the vaccine. The health care provider said it will reach out to people age 75 and older to schedule appointments once vaccine supplies are available. Kaiser patients can get vaccine updates here.

UCSF publishes vaccine updates for its patients here.

The new warning system in San Francisco is part of a vaccination campaign announced by SF Mayor London Breed on Friday. The mayor said the city is opening three high-volume vaccination sites at City College, SF Market in Bayview and the Moscone Center, as well as pop-up vaccination sites and mobile teams to administer shots. But the city doesn’t plan to go to great lengths to set up sites until more vaccines are available.

San Francisco introduced a new notification system on January 19, 2021 that will notify you when it is your turn to receive the vaccine

City of San Francisco

“We need more cans, we ask for more cans,” said Breed at the virtual press conference. “We can boot up the moment we have these vaccines.”

Breed estimates the city will be able to deliver 10,000 vaccines a day once the plan is fully implemented. However, additional doses of the state are required.

California counties have the final say on who gets the vaccine, but the state has a prioritization plan that recommends who should be vaccinated first. Counties can only distribute vaccines as quickly as the state allows, as state officials determine how many vaccines each jurisdiction should receive based on population and needs.

Vaccination efforts are currently prioritizing healthcare workers and those over 65. When these groups are vaccinated, counties and health care providers will switch to different groups.

SFGATE reporter Eric Ting contributed to this story.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on January 19, 2021 at 10 a.m. after the city of San Francisco announced that the link to sign up for the notification system will be available later on Tuesday. This story was updated again at 11 a.m. when the city posted the registration link.

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